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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Spiced Banana Breakfast Shake


Banana is versatile and nutritious, as we all know. And, when I was growing up in India, we always had bananas at home to be eaten as a snack, or even dessert. There were at least half a dozen varieties of bananas I remember, each with distinct flavor, look, and size - from the small "manjal pazham" (yellow banana) to my favorite "nendran pazham" (i have no idea what the translation or botanical name for nendran is - I guess I could look it up...).

While I relish bananas as-is, I also like this simple shake which is low fat with a hint of spice. This thick, cold, and hearty shake with bold banana flavor and a hint of allspice and cinnamon is a great way to start the day.

This Spiced Banana Breakfast Shake is for this month’s Jihva for Ingredients - Banana. JFI was started by Indira of Mahanandi, hosted this month by Mandira of Aahar.

2 large medium ripe bananas
½ tsp allspice powder
1 cup 2% milk
6 oz Yoplait™ low fat banana creme yogurt
cinnamon powder for dusting

  1. slice 1½ bananas and leave in the freezer for about 30 minutes
  2. slice the remaining ½ banana for garnish
  3. when ready to assemble the drink, combine the milk, yogurt, frozen banana slices and all spice powder in a blender and blend to a smooth drink
  4. garnish with sliced bananas stuck through a toothpick and dust with cinnamon, serve cold

The quantity listed above makes about roughly two 8 oz drinks as in the picture.

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  • At 4:27 PM, Blogger Suganya said…

    Love yr presentation.

  • At 7:28 AM, Blogger bindiya said…

    looks simply DELICIOUS! Great shake, great recipe.

  • At 6:42 PM, Blogger mb said…

    Love the presentation, looks fab. Thank you for your entry -- Mandira

  • At 5:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    wow,I like this banana shake very much. chusang


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